We have reached consensus! Direct democracy is sometimes messy, but it often comes out with better results than the original idea. For those that have been coming to GA in the past few weeks, you’ll know that it has taken us awhile to address concerns and come up with a proposal that meets everyone’s needs. The proposal below is what an ad hoc group of facilitation and other working group members have come up with for adoption at the GA. We hope you will all come to the General Assembly this SATURDAY during our first Pop-Up Occupation in Montpelier (from 12-5PM, GA from 3-5PM), and that you’ll support the proposal to reschedule, revamp, and re-energize our Occupy group. Solidarity!
Occupy Central Vermont will hold General Assemblies once each month, with other events, actions, and/or activities on other Saturdays of the month. The work of Occupy Central Vermont will be largely carried out by Working Groups. Working Groups can call for a General Assembly and contact the Facilitation Working Group to organize that event at any time when necessary. The next decision-making General Assembly will be on Saturday, 7/7, followed by General Assemblies on the first Saturday of each month (either in Montpelier or at Pop-Up location). Per Occupy Central Vermont process, proposals to change this schedule can be made at any time. The schedule will come up for review at the September General Assembly.
Tentative monthly schedule (order depends on the needs of the assembly / WGs. Saturdays are consistent, though time of day may vary, and will be announced on the email list and by other means including flyers)
- General Assembly (Decision making) facilitated by the Facilitation Working Group [first saturdays]
- Working Group time and/or Operations facilitated by Direct Action Working Group
- Educational/Teach-in/Discussion-based assembly facilitated by Education & Empowerment
- Working Group time and/or Alternative Social Gathering, facilitation to be rotated